Screenplays and scripts would struggle to stay consistent with the
evolving storylines surrounding the Notre Dame mens basketball team.

The latest twist during a muddled first month of turns surfaced in
Saturday’s 18-point victory over Dartmouth.

The Irish (7-4) fielded their seventh different starting lineup, one
in which the team’s leading scorer worked as a reserve for the first
time this season because the head coach felt like a change.

Notre Dame busted loose for consecutive home win No. 26 by utilizing a
look last seen over a decade ago — three big guys on the floor at the
same time.

What might happen next with this team no longer would shock or
surprise. Not after everything normal about this program, about this
season, permanently jumped the rails on the <i>first day</i> of
preseason practice. Scott Martin suffered a sprained ankle that
shelved him for three weeks, a setback that now seems serene given the
hands coach Mike Brey has played since mid-October.

Tim Abromaitis, a first team all-Big East preseason pick and expected
to be the key guy this winter, started the regular season by
serving a four-game NCAA for an infraction that occurred during his sophomore